Thursday, April 29, 1999

Spring Training

Eighty-two prospects are expected at tryouts this weekend for the South squad that will be competing in the 15th annual Football Saskatchewan Senior Bowl, slated for 1 p.m. May 24 at Taylor Field.

Practices are scheduled for Saturday (10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) at Scotty Livingstone Field.

Coaches will select a 45-man roster from the group of players who have used the final year of their high school eligibility.

Goin' Campin'

Brandy West and Stacey Nokonechny of the University of Regina Cougars women's hockey team have been invited to a training camp in Calgary this weekend.

Regional camps will also be held in Toronto and Montreal in the coming weeks. The camps are geared towards the further development of top Canadian players.

West was the CWUAA rookie-of-the-year, player-of-the-year and first-team all-star. She was also an All-Canadian and runner-up for the CIAU player-of-the-year award.

Nokonechny joined the Cougars in mid-season and is considered a rising star in university women's hockey.

Feel A Draft

Barring a trade, the Regina Pats will pick fourth overall today as the WHL's 1999 bantam draft gets under way in Calgary.

Teams select in reverse order of the 1998-99 regular-season standings and, as of Wednesday, each team had its own first-round selection.

The Medicine Hat Tigers are to make the first pick at 10 a.m.

The order of selection for the first round: 1. Medicine Hat; 2. Saskatoon; 3. Spokane; 4. Regina; 5. Kelowna; 6. Portland; 7. Kootenay; 8. Lethbridge; 9. Red Deer; 10. Prince George; 11. Swift Current; 12. Moose Jaw; 13. Brandon; 14. Seattle; 15. Tri-City; 16. Prince Albert; 17. Kamloops; and, 18. Calgary.

The Leader-Post's draft-day coverage in Friday's sports section will include a round-by-round list of selections.

Hoist A Cup

Quebec City or Halifax? One will be presented today as host to the 2000 Memorial Cup junior hockey championship.

Halifax was a losing bidder to Hull three years ago, the last time Quebec had the right to play host to the event, which includes the champion teams from each of Canada's three major junior leagues, plus the host team.

The Mooseheads have the QMJHL's best attendance, averaging 7,862 spectators. Choosing Halifax would also show support for eastward expansion that has seen four Maritime teams join the circuit in recent years.

Quebec offers the 15,000-seat Colisee, which it sold out for some playoff games this year. The Remparts also promise to be a strong team next season with key players such as Eric Chouinard and Maxime Ouellette.

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